As a self-employed office nomad woman (= meaning that I don't have a permanent, set office), I carry a lot of stuff around with me. Besides doing a lot of work from home, I tend to venture between different co-working spaces and cafés, to mix things up a bit. Check out my list of favourite places to get work done here, maybe you'll run into me to there some day! Today I will share with you what I schlepp about and how.
First things first, a bag that you can rely on, that's big enough without being an obstacle to move around with, and ideally something fancy and somewhat stylish as well, is worth so much. For years I used inexpensive, lower-quality bags and went through a bunch of them during the year, with straps ripping off, buttons and zippers breaking, before I finally invested in my LUMI bag. This is the follow-up version of their classic Large Supermarket model, which features a separate laptop compartment and a small pocket in the front: this makes it the perfect bag for me. The leather softens with time and makes it incredibly comfortable to wear, the vertical shape feel much more natural when you wear it as a shoulder bag, as your arm movement is not limited by the bag. It doesn't slide, it has a beautiful "Finland blue" lining, pockets inside that make sense, a key chain, and also it comes with interchangeable shoulder straps so you could wear it with one long one, for example cross-body.
Many years ago, I always saw one of my professors at uni with a LUMI bag, and had been eyeing them since. As a student, the LUMI price tag quickly scared me away, but after a while of hard work and struggling with this whole entrepreneurial thing, I had reached the point where I could afford my dream bag. I felt like the proudest person on the planet when I strutted in their store at the Helsinki Senate square and walked out with this baby - ever since this bag is somewhat a small symbol of personal success for me.
All these photos taken by the amazing Natali Karppinen from L'Art of Fashion - thank you!!